„I’m a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.“

— Antonio Gramsci, Letter from Prison (19 December 1929); also attributed to Romain Rolland.

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„It is to be believed because it is absurd.“

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„I am so often accused of gloominess and melancholy. And I think I'm probably the most cheerful man around. I don't consider myself a pessimist at all. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel completely soaked to the skin.“

— Leonard Cohen Canadian poet and singer-songwriter 1934 - 2016
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